Ethics Training and Workplace Ethical Decisions of MBA Professionals

We recruited 15 MBA professionals in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area to explore experiences and perceptions of classroom ethics training and ethical experiences in the workplace. Telephone interviews were conducted using open-ended questions to collect data that were uploaded to NVivo 10 for qualitative analysis.

Abstract: 

We recruited 15 MBA professionals in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area to explore experiences and perceptions of classroom ethics training and ethical experiences in the workplace. Telephone interviews were conducted using open-ended questions to collect data that were uploaded to NVivo 10 for qualitative analysis. As a result of the data analysis, seven themes were recognized: (a) effective decision-making; (b) combining classroom instruction with real-world experience; (c) reasoning through an ethical issue; (d) resolution of workplace ethical issues; (e) feelings about ethics and corporate fraud; (f) fear of employer retaliation; and (g)
expectations of management. One unexpected finding was that managers do not resolve ethical issues that the participants expect and that managers need more ethics training. The importance of human resources department was noted in dealing with ethical issues. A disturbing finding was the strong fear of retaliation for reporting an unethical issue. The self-assessment of the quality of ethics training in their MBA programs was mixed.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Authors: 
Tamar S. Romious, Randall Thompson & Elizabeth Thompson
Year of Publication: 
2016
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Journal of Education and Learning
Volume: 
5
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
190-198
Publisher: 
Canadian Center of Science and Education
Date Published: 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Publication Language: 
English
DOI: 
doi:10.5539/jel.v5n1p190

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